Summer Summary / Fall Preview / by Elizabeth Roe

Another eventful summer season is in the books, beginning with hosting duties of the 17-day live medici.tv webcast of the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and closing with concerts at the storied Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. In between: concerts at the Southeastern Piano Festival at USC Columbia, Styriarte Festival in Austria, Minnesota Beethoven Festival, Ventura Music FestivalSkaneateles Festival, and more, plus a recording session in Germany (a new piano duo album to be released next spring!). Elizabeth is featured in this article on the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival: Musicians share why Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is the gig that gives them “all any of us really want”.

A recital at the National Performing Arts Center in Taipei kicked off the 2017 fall season. Up next: concerts across the US, including a special San Francisco Symphony Halloween extravaganza! Check the calendar for tour details and updates.

 Anderson & Roe at the 2017 Southeastern Piano Festival (photo credit: Michael Bull)

Anderson & Roe at the 2017 Southeastern Piano Festival (photo credit: Michael Bull)

And here's a round-up of the latest reviews:

Korea Herald:

Partnership does not do justice in describing the electrifying performance by the Anderson & Roe piano duo. [Anderson & Roe] showed the magic that can happen when two musicians perform with one soul. 

The Washington Post:

…Sheer power; two voices speaking as one.

RP Online:

The crossover elements in Anderson & Roe’s performance were no publicity stunts, but rather a living and profound exploration of the duo’s musical mission. They reveled in the pleasure of music making and showcased their pianistic skill through their powerful arrangements; these adaptations went beyond merely imitating by provoking altogether new colors, tensions, and thrills.

Good News Liverpool:

SUPERSTAR piano duo [Anderson & Roe] practically blew the roof off the Liverpool Phil’s Music Room… tremendously charismatic and insanely talented… a triumphant Liverpool debut!

Ventura County Star:

These jaw-dropping virtuosos create a sound on two pianos like you’ve never heard before.

The Korea Times:

...Volcanic!

Shenandoah Magazine:

Electrifying!

Monterey Weekly:

Electrifying would be too small a word to describe the duo. [Anderson & Roe play] in a musical environment of severe risk-taking and wide open experimentation.

The Rochester City Newspaper:

These classical rock stars are charismatic, fun, sexy and wildly talented. 

Peninsula Reviews:

Duo playing of genius... impeccable! I was on my way to heaven well before the end.

Monterey County Weekly:

By now, we...are crushing pretty hard on these two. [Anderson & Roe] don’t have to prove their mastery of classical form or their creative chops; we’re putty in their hands.

WQXR:

A revelation! Pioneers in the...world of the classical music video... [Anderson & Roe were] one of the first signs that classical music was heading in a completely new and exciting direction.